Thursday, August 21, 2014

The CCEE Stampers Go Back to School.......

Well......that is not completely true.......I am NOT going back to school, but I will be attending my 9th First Day of School Breakfast for Retired Teachers that we have each year.  It is a great day when all of the retired teachers gather to celebrate that we are NOT going back to school.  Sounds terrible, doesn't it.......but most of us put in 35 or more years of teaching, and are now onto new and less demanding adventures now.  (I find it amazing that this will mark the start of my NINTH year of retirement.  Time has truly flown by.

Not much stamping here......The sentiment is all the stamping I had to do and it is an SU stamp.  The rest of it is designer paper from DCWV.  The scissors are buttons.  I cut the shank off and glued them as 'decor' on my card.

Be sure to check out the other Back to School 'treats' at the CCEE Blog.

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Crazies Play with a Sketch

The Crazy4Challenges challenge this week is a sketch.  You can see the original sketch on the blog.

I did lots of punching and stenciliing.  The only stamping was the sentiment.  The upper punch piece was done with a Memory Box die, the punchwork on the center panel was done with an anywhere punch by Martha Stewart.  The background was done with a snowflake stencil which I colored only on one side of the background.  I used my Copics to color some white brads to match my background and base. 

This sketch really baffled me at first, but I must say that I do like the way this card finally turned out and I even stayed totally true to the sketch.  Guess that is why this is called a 'challenge', eh????

Be sure to see what the rest of this fabulous team does with the sketch at the Crazies Blog.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The CCEEers Say Goodbye

The challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week was to say goodbye.  It can be any kind of a a loved one who passed, someone going off to college, someone going on a trip......any type of goodbye you can thiink of.  I went with a sympathy card as my stash has gotten thin in this category plus I am building some new 'stashes' for holiday giving.  I used to make sets of cards, but now find that my friends enjoy getting a box of all occasion cards so that is my goal right now.

Be sure to go to the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the fabulous creations by this warm and friendly AND uber talented team.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Going 3D with the Crazies

The Crazy4Challenges DT was asked to go 3D this week.  I have been having some fun with my flower dies lately and decided to go with 3D flowers.

Please note that my sentiment panel in real life is crisp white.....not sure why it looks yellowed here.

Be sure to check out the Crazies Blog to see all the spectacular 3D project by the rest of this DT.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Ooooops.....I Am Late to the Fair

Had this done, but forgot to post it can check out the details for the challenge at the CCEE Blog.  I chose to do this card because at many of our local fairs the kids compete in a 'decorate your bicycle' competitions, along with getting safety instructions.

Friday, August 1, 2014

A 'Banner' Day for the Crazy4Challenges

The first Crazy4Challenges challenge for August was to create a card using banners/pendants.  Even though I have purchased some fabulous dies, I decided to use this silhouetted circus stamp set by Penny Black with silhouetted pandants.  I gave it a bit of a vintage feel with the dps I chose.  I plan to use this for a masculine b'day card this month.

Be sure to check out the fab creations by the Crazies at our blog.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Song Inspiration for the CCEE'ers

For her last week as hostess of the CCEE Stampers Challenge, Shirley asked us to be inspired by a song.  Well, I have had one song that seems to pop into my brain often and makes me smile.  It is an oldie but goodie that many of you have probably not heard.

 "High Hopes" is a popular song first popularized by Frank Sinatra, with music written by Jimmy Van Heusen and lyrics by Sammy Cahn. It was introduced in the 1959 film A Hole in the Head, nominated for a Grammy and won an Oscar for Best Original Song at the 32nd Academy Awards.

Here is a clip from the movie with Frank Sinatra singing the song.

When times are tough, this song reminds me to not give up.  There is strength in the belief that you can do something you once thought was impossible.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers Blog to see the creations the DT created to match their inspiration songs.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Crazies Go Crazy for Folds

The Crazy4Challenges challenge this week was to use multiple folds on our cards/projects.  I am not really a stamper who gravitates toward fancy folds.  I appreciate the fabulous fancy fold creations of others, but I find I just don't seem to send the fancy fold cards I make.  Who knows why??? I just wasn't sure what I would do for this challenge.  Well, in my stamp cave I have decorated the walls with cards sent to me by my stamping friends......they give me both happy memories and inspiration.  Well, my eyes settled on a card Dawn Lusk had sent me a while ago.....a lighthouse card done with a similar fold to what I ended up creating.

I used a stamp (by Repeat Impressions) of my very favorite place  ......Cape Neddick Light in York, Maine, lovingly nicknamed Nubble Light as the lighthouse is located on a nubble.  Here is a picture of the real Nubble Light.

Be sure to visit the Crazies Blog to see all the fancy folds I am sure this DT used.....they are so talented and creative......I sometimes wonder how I was lucky enough to be on this team from its very start.  Thanks for that go to Hoots and Cindy Haffner who started this team!!!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

CCEEers Follow a Recipe

Shirley gave the CCEEers a recipe to follow this week.  We were to use 2 circles, 1 oval, and 2 octogons or decagons.  Well, I took some artistic liberties on this one......I used hexagons!!  I figured one '-gon' was as good as another!!!!  My two circles are the layered doilies, my oval is the pink layer behind the sentiment panel, and my hexagons are stenciled onto the white base.

The flowers and leaves are from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps, while the sentiment is from Flourishes.

It will be fascinating to see the various creations using this same recipe.  I am sure they will be fabulous and each unique.  You can check them out on the CCEE Stampers Blog.